I did a "quick" grocery run to stock up on some staples and left the store feeling so content with the fact that I didn't feel the need to buy anything I shouldn't have. It's a great feeling to see the cookies/chips/whatever on the shelf and be able to walk past it without grabbing it...while still knowing I actually could have it if I really wanted to. I just didn't want to. Wow...this is what "normal" must feel like to skinny people. In my prior life, I was always "about to start a diet" so would eat everything as if I would "never" get to eat it again. I was very much hoping that the band would help me change this habbit...and I think it totally has.
I put some chicken in the slow cooker tonight...attempting something I've never done before. I have a ton of "bone in" chicken in my freezer that I need to cook so I'm trying to cook it with taco seasoning and water in hopes that it will all just fall off the bone tomorrow and I'll have some great taco meat to portion up and put back in the freezer. I live for my portion controlled pre-cooked meals...I probably should take a picture of all my 1-cup Ziploc containers in the freezer. So far I keep a pretty constant supply of the following:
- Black Bean Chili (312 cal, 30g prot)
- Tortilla Soup Broth (Authentic Mexican Recipe from Food Network) (74 cal, 3g prot)
- Chicken Tortilla Soup (from a package) (128 cal, 14g prot)
- Potato Soup with Turkey Kielbasa (229cal, 10g prot)
- Irish Oatmeal (150 cal, 5g prot)
- Shredded Beef (Authentic Mexican recipe from Food Network) (234 cal, 20g prot)
These little frozen 1-cup servings are a LIFESAVER for me. Every day I pack my lunch bag with a frozen oatmeal for breakfast (I'm not good at eating before leaving for work), a soup or chili for lunch, and my Laughing Cow cheese wedge and 5 mini-crackers from Trader Joes for 1 snack, a cheese stick for another snack, and a sugar free pudding and a Activia yogurt to add to any of the meals if I feel like I need more food. Then I throw in a protein shake for dinner on the days when I can't eat solid food due to working out. I'm someone who can pretty happily eat the same thing every day during the week...and this totally works for me. Usually this helps me keep my calories low so that if I still want something after the workout or want to eat real food for dinner, I can. Tonight I had a Trader Joe's "Reduced Guilt" mac and cheese for 270 calories...totally hit the comfort food spot I needed it to hit.
I hope the chicken turns out...I've had a craving for some taco salad lately!